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When Do You Use Botanical, Homeopathic Remedies and/or Other Forms Of Treatment?
The Naturopathic Medical Model believes in, and assists the healing power of nature and stresses the importance of homeostasis [balance] & prevention.
Herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture can help the body to balance what it is capable of making [ex. in the ovaries], but just like natural remedies cannot re–grow a gall bladder after it has been removed, neither can they help the ovaries to produce the amount of hormones they did during the reproductive years. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been around for 5,000 years. Therefore, if it was possible for us to use natural remedies and treatment methods to help the ovaries work as efficiently as they did during a woman’s reproductive years, we would know about it, and everyone would be using natural remedies and treatment methods.
First, it is very important for a health professional to accept and respect the fact that many women consider aging, the decrease in their sex hormones and the changes that come as a result of the decrease in their sex hormones to be a normal part of life. For these women, symptomatic relief using natural remedies and treatment methods may be all they ever want or will accept.
As I am a naturopath, I am often asked why don’t I just recommend that women use herbal and homeopathic remedies instead of biologically identical [bio–identical] hormones for hormonal imbalances?
During their reproductive years, herbal and homeopathic remedies can assist the woman’s ovaries in resolving hormonal imbalances in the majority of women. However, some women need biologically identical [bio–identical] hormones as well in order to assist them with such problems as irregular cycles, severe PMS, infertility, endometriosis and fibroids.
However, in menopausal and postmenopausal women when the hormonal production of the ovaries is greatly decreased, herbal and homeopathic remedies can only help relieve some of the symptoms but they can never restore the deficient hormone balance in a woman. The only thing that can do this is biologically identical [bio–identical] hormones.
In order to understand this difference, imagine that you are a woman driving a car. During the reproductive years, it is as though one of your tires on your car has developed a slow leak. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can patch the hole in the tire and the tire will re–inflate and you can drive safely on the road. When you are in menopause, it is as though the sidewall of one of the tires on your car has blown out. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can help to relieve some of the symptoms of the bumpy ride that occurs as a tire goes flat, but only biologically identical [bio–identical] hormones can patch the hole in the tire and allow it to be re–inflated so you can drive safely on the road again.
Whether a woman is interested in using only natural remedies and treatment methods or if she is interested in using biologically identical [bio–identical] hormones in order to resolve symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, it is still essential to test a woman in order to know what a woman’s hormonal levels are before even herbal remedies are prescribed.
For example, one of the most common herbs that is recommended and used by women in menopause is Black Cohosh. Yet many women who have tried to relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms of menopause by using Black Cohosh, find either that it does not relieve their symptoms, or that it often makes the woman feel worse. Unfortunately, a menopausal woman’s hormones can be pushed even more out of balance if Black Cohosh is taken depending upon what levels of sex hormones these women had when they started taking it.
Therefore, in order to truly provide objective treatment(s) for hormonal imbalance, a health practitioner needs to have the woman do hormonal testing.